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A free community magazine for villages in and around the Dunstable area of Bedfordshire. Packed with an engaging variety of articles, news, puzzles, competitions and local what's on guide. The Vine is also a local business directory, offering affordable and effective advertising to local businesses - "connecting local people to local businesses". 8,000 copies delivered to homes throughout Dunstable and the surrounding villages. www.thevinemagazine.com

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  • VinetheConnecting local people to local businesses

    June / July 2015 Issue 19

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    Puzzles

    Whats On

    Local Business Directory

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    St Marys Carnival 8 Edlesborough Festival 10Dunstable Kite Festival 14Town At The Crossroads 16The Martin Lewis Money Page 18Consumer Clinic 20At Home 22In The Garden 24Foster Care 30Health, Beauty & Wellbeing 36Looking Up 38Auto Biographies 40Anyone For Tennis 42Microchip Your Pet 48Dunstable Summer Of Music 54Puzzles 58Out & About 60

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    You are very welcome to attend these 50th celebrations

    Hadrian has now been educating children for fifty years on the same site and has previous been known as both Hadrian Primary School and Hadrian Lower School.

    All past pupils, parents, staff and friends are invited to join the school on Friday 18th September to celebrate and share memories.

    Hadrian Academy in Dunstable is known for its high standards in English, Maths and Science with a particular focus on the arts and sport. There are lots of groups running for able, gifted and talented children across the school.

    Hadrian is the only school in Bedfordshire with a Platinum Sing Up Award and all children sing every day. There is an ad hoc adult choir for staff, governors and parents and the childrens choir is especially stunning. At the last count ninety five children from KS2 chose to be in the choir, committing themselves to weekly lunchtime rehearsals and a wide variety of musical styles.

    They recently won Schools Got Talent in London and were picked to sing at the Mayors Civic Service. This is in addition to their work in the community, singing at the

    Luton and Dunstable Hospital Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Dunstable Sparkle Event, the Co-Op opening and many other local places. They were also very excited to pass the audition to sing on the stage at Disneyland Paris and had a brilliant time in Paris, lapping up the applause and compliments. They hope to do this again in the future.

    Hadrian also has a drama focus with a dedicated LAMDA teacher. This has built up over the years- the first few exam pupils went to Northampton to be examined about ten years ago and now Hadrian has its own centre for exams each year and over forty applicants. Students almost always pass with merit or distinction and this has a positive influence on all other school productions, assemblies and classwork. We believe LAMDA exams enhance childrens self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, in other words, to fulfil their potential. They help to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word.

    Ultimately, it is the sense of achievement that floods Hadrian which empowers the individual children to shine.

    Did you go to Hadrian Academy? Hadrian Academy formally known as Hadrian Lower

    School and Hadrian Primary is having a 50th Birthday Celebration at

    Hadrian Academy Friday 18th September 2015 at 1.30p.m. and 5.30p.m.

    We are hoping to contact as many former pupils, governors and friends of Hadrian Academy from the

    past 50 years.

    Present pupils from Hadrian Academy will showcase their work and escort you around the classes

    throughout the afternoon. In the evening from 5.30pm we will be having a re-union for all ex pupils and their

    families.

    Hadrian Academy, Hadrian Avenue, Dunstable, LU5 4SR Tel. 01582 618400

    Please confirm your attendance by email to: [email protected]

    www.hadrianacademy.co.uk

    You are very welcome to attend these 50th celebrations

    Hadrian has now been educating children for fifty years on the same site and has previous been known as both Hadrian Primary School and Hadrian Lower School.

    All past pupils, parents, staff and friends are invited to join the school on Friday 18th September to celebrate and share memories.

    Hadrian Academy in Dunstable is known for its high standards in English, Maths and Science with a particular focus on the arts and sport. There are lots of groups running for able, gifted and talented children across the school.

    Hadrian is the only school in Bedfordshire with a Platinum Sing Up Award and all children sing every day. There is an ad hoc adult choir for staff, governors and parents and the childrens choir is especially stunning. At the last count ninety five children from KS2 chose to be in the choir, committing themselves to weekly lunchtime rehearsals and a wide variety of musical styles.

    They recently won Schools Got Talent in London and were picked to sing at the Mayors Civic Service. This is in addition to their work in the community, singing at the

    Luton and Dunstable Hospital Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Dunstable Sparkle Event, the Co-Op opening and many other local places. They were also very excited to pass the audition to sing on the stage at Disneyland Paris and had a brilliant time in Paris, lapping up the applause and compliments. They hope to do this again in the future.

    Hadrian also has a drama focus with a dedicated LAMDA teacher. This has built up over the years- the first few exam pupils went to Northampton to be examined about ten years ago and now Hadrian has its own centre for exams each year and over forty applicants. Students almost always pass with merit or distinction and this has a positive influence on all other school productions, assemblies and classwork. We believe LAMDA exams enhance childrens self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, in other words, to fulfil their potential. They help to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word.

    Ultimately, it is the sense of achievement that floods Hadrian which empowers the individual children to shine.

    Did you go to Hadrian Academy? Hadrian Academy formally known as Hadrian Lower

    School and Hadrian Primary is having a 50th Birthday Celebration at

    Hadrian Academy Friday 18th September 2015 at 1.30p.m. and 5.30p.m.

    We are hoping to contact as many former pupils, governors and friends of Hadrian Academy from the

    past 50 years.

    Present pupils from Hadrian Academy will showcase their work and escort you around the classes

    throughout the afternoon. In the evening from 5.30pm we will be having a re-union for all ex pupils and their

    families.

    Hadrian Academy, Hadrian Avenue, Dunstable, LU5 4SR Tel. 01582 618400

    Please confirm your attendance by email to: [email protected]

    www.hadrianacademy.co.uk

    You are very welcome to attend these 50th celebrations

    Hadrian has now been educating children for fifty years on the same site and has previous been known as both Hadrian Primary School and Hadrian Lower School.

    All past pupils, parents, staff and friends are invited to join the school on Friday 18th September to celebrate and share memories.

    Hadrian Academy in Dunstable is known for its high standards in English, Maths and Science with a particular focus on the arts and sport. There are lots of groups running for able, gifted and talented children across the school.

    Hadrian is the only school in Bedfordshire with a Platinum Sing Up Award and all children sing every day. There is an ad hoc adult choir for staff, governors and parents and the childrens choir is especially stunning. At the last count ninety five children from KS2 chose to be in the choir, committing themselves to weekly lunchtime rehearsals and a wide variety of musical styles.

    They recently won Schools Got Talent in London and were picked to sing at the Mayors Civic Service. This is in addition to their work in the community, singing at the

    Luton and Dunstable Hospital Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Dunstable Sparkle Event, the Co-Op opening and many other local places. They were also very excited to pass the audition to sing on the stage at Disneyland Paris and had a brilliant time in Paris, lapping up the applause and compliments. They hope to do this again in the future.

    Hadrian also has a drama focus with a dedicated LAMDA teacher. This has built up over the years- the first few exam pupils went to Northampton to be examined about ten years ago and now Hadrian has its own centre for exams each year and over forty applicants. Students almost always pass with merit or distinction and this has a positive influence on all other school productions, assemblies and classwork. We believe LAMDA exams enhance childrens self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, in other words, to fulfil their potential. They help to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word.

    Ultimately, it is the sense of achievement that floods Hadrian which empowers the individual children to shine.

    Did you go to Hadrian Academy? Hadrian Academy formally known as Hadrian Lower

    School and Hadrian Primary is having a 50th Birthday Celebration at

    Hadrian Academy Friday 18th September 2015 at 1.30p.m. and 5.30p.m.

    We are hoping to contact as many former pupils, governors and friends of Hadrian Academy from the

    past 50 years.

    Present pupils from Hadrian Academy will showcase their work and escort you around the classes

    throughout the afternoon. In the evening from 5.30pm we will be having a re-union for all ex pupils and their

    families.

    Hadrian Academy, Hadrian Avenue, Dunstable, LU5 4SR Tel. 01582 618400

    Please confirm your attendance by email to: [email protected]

    www.hadrianacademy.co.uk

    Did you go to Hadrian Academy? Hadrian Academy formally known as Hadrian

    Lower School and Hadrian Primary is having a

    Hadrian Academy, Hadrian Avenue, Dunstable, LU5 4SR Tel:01582 618400 [email protected]

    You are very welcome to attend these 50th celebrations

    www.hadrianacademy.co.uk

    We are hoping to contact as many former pupils, governors and friends of

    Hadrian Academy from the past 50 years.Present pupils from Hadrian Academy will showcase their work and escort you around the classes throughout the afternoon. In the evening from 5.30pm we will be having a re-union for all ex pupils

    and their families.

    Birthday Celebration at Hadrian Academy

    Friday 18th September 2015 at 1.30pm and 5.30pm

    50th

    You are very welcome to attend these 50th celebrations

    Hadrian has now been educating children for fifty years on the same site and has previous been known as both Hadrian Primary School and Hadrian Lower School. All past pupils, parents, staff and friends are invited to

    join the school on Friday 18th September to celebrate and share memories.

    Hadrian Academy in Dunstable is known for its high standards in English, Maths and Science with a particular focus on the arts and sport. There are lots of groups running for able, gifted and talented children across the school.

    Hadrian is the only school in Bedfordshire with a Platinum Sing Up Award and all children sing every day. There is an ad hoc adult choir for staff, governors and parents and the childrens choir is especially stunning. At the last count ninety five children from KS2 chose to be in the choir, committing themselves to weekly lunchtime rehearsals and a wide variety of musical styles. They recently won Schools Got Talent in London and

    were picked to sing at the Mayors Civic Service. This is in addition to their work in the community, singing at the

    Luton and Dunstable Hospital Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Dunstable Sparkle Event, the Co-Op opening and many other local places. They were also very excited to pass the audition to sing on the stage at Disneyland Paris and had a brilliant time in Paris, lapping up the applause and compliments. They hope to do this again in the future.

    Hadrian also has a drama focus with a dedicated LAMDA teacher. This has built up over the years- the first few exam pupils went to Northampton to be examined about ten years ago and now Hadrian has its own centre for exams each year and over forty applicants. Students almost always pass with merit or distinction and this has a positive influence on all other school productions, assemblies and classwork. We believe LAMDA exams enhance childrens self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, in other words, to fulfil their potential. They help to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word.

    Ultimately, it is the sense of achievement that floods Hadrian which empowers the individual children to shine.

    Did you go to Hadrian Academy? Hadrian Academy formally known as Hadrian Lower

    School and Hadrian Primary is having a 50th Birthday Celebration at Hadrian Academy Friday 18th September 2015 at 1.30p.m. and 5.30p.m. We are hoping to contact as many former pupils,

    governors and friends of Hadrian Academy from the past 50 years. Present pupils from Hadrian Academy will showcase their work and escort you around the classes

    throughout the afternoon. In the evening from 5.30pm we will be having a re-union for all ex pupils and their families.

    Hadrian Academy, Hadrian Avenue, Dunstable, LU5 4SR Tel. 01582 618400 Please confirm your attendance by email to: [email protected] www.hadrianacademy.co.uk

    You are very welcome to attend these 50th celebrations

    Hadrian has now been educating children for fifty years on the same site and has previous been known as both Hadrian Primary School and Hadrian Lower School. All past pupils, parents, staff and friends are invited to

    join the school on Friday 18th September to celebrate and share memories.

    Hadrian Academy in Dunstable is known for its high standards in English, Maths and Science with a particular focus on the arts and sport. There are lots of groups running for able, gifted and talented children across the school.

    Hadrian is the only school in Bedfordshire with a Platinum Sing Up Award and all children sing every day. There is an ad hoc adult choir for staff, governors and parents and the childrens choir is especially stunning. At the last count ninety five children from KS2 chose to be in the choir, committing themselves to weekly lunchtime rehearsals and a wide variety of musical styles. They recently won Schools Got Talent in London and

    were picked to sing at the Mayors Civic Service. This is in addition to their work in the community, singing at the

    Luton and Dunstable Hospital Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Dunstable Sparkle Event, the Co-Op opening and many other local places. They were also very excited to pass the audition to sing on the stage at Disneyland Paris and had a brilliant time in Paris, lapping up the applause and compliments. They hope to do this again in the future.

    Hadrian also has a drama focus with a dedicated LAMDA teacher. This has built up over the years- the first few exam pupils went to Northampton to be examined about ten years ago and now Hadrian has its own centre for exams each year and over forty applicants. Students almost always pass with merit or distinction and this has a positive influence on all other school productions, assemblies and classwork. We believe LAMDA exams enhance childrens self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, in other words, to fulfil their potential. They help to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word.

    Ultimately, it is the sense of achievement that floods Hadrian which empowers the individual children to shine.

    Did you go to Hadrian Academy? Hadrian Academy formally known as Hadrian Lower

    School and Hadrian Primary is having a 50th Birthday Celebration at Hadrian Academy Friday 18th September 2015 at 1.30p.m. and 5.30p.m. We are hoping to contact as many former pupils,

    governors and friends of Hadrian Academy from the past 50 years. Present pupils from Hadrian Academy will showcase their work and escort you around the classes

    throughout the afternoon. In the evening from 5.30pm we will be having a re-union for all ex pupils and their families.

    Hadrian Academy, Hadrian Avenue, Dunstable, LU5 4SR Tel. 01582 618400 Please confirm your attendance by email to: [email protected] www.hadrianacademy.co.uk

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  • 8St. Marys Carnival

    It is carnival time again for the villages of Edles-borough, Eaton Bray, Northall and Dagnall on the 4th July from 12 noon to 5pm. This year THE SEA

    comes to St. Marys carnival on Edlesborough Green as the theme for decorating floats and houses on the procession route. In the past 20 years the carnival has raised over two hundred thousand pounds for local charities, organisations and repairs to the historic church in Eaton Bray. This year the primary charities are Joss Searchlight childrens cancer support and Medical Detection Dogs. The procession leaves from The Orchards in Eaton Bray at 12:30pm led by the Carnival Queen and Princess with their Attendants and accompanied marching bands, decorated floats, majorettes, vintage vehicles and a whole range of local nutters, all dressed to the theme of THE SEA. The convoy ar-rives at Edlesborough Green about 45 minutes later when the afternoons entertainment gets underway. The official opening time on Edlesborough green is 12 noon but BBQ food will be available from 10am or earlier with many stall and rides open for busi-ness from 11am. So if you fancy a breakfast roll and a preview of some of the rides... get there early!New attractions this year include a supervised multi-

    user 7.5m Climbing Wall (suitable for ALL ages and abilities) and a Tai Chi demonstrations and group tuition. Carnival favourites will also be there; the famous Magic Dave childrens entertainer, Birds of Bray wild bird display, Will Lee live chainsaw wood carving, the family dog show with truly unmissable sausage race (be there well before the 12 noon start if you have a pooch to enter!) and the classic vehi-cles display to name but a few. Around the carnival site will be in excess of 120 charity and independ-ent stalls offering food, games, competitions, raffles; from plant stalls to hook the duck and barbeques to tennis coaching. Look out for St. Marys char-ity BBQ serving locally sourced burgers, Bunkers sausages and kebabs from Hines the village butcher as well as chorizo, saveloy and bacon and egg rolls. The fun fair has many attractions this year; the big Ferris wheel, the rotating wall of death, roundabouts for all ages and a whole array of huge inflatable castles, slides and assault courses. There really is something for everyone!Come and join us and SEA how much fun is to be had at one of the biggest independent village car-nivals in the country from mid-day at Edlesborough Green. You cant miss it; its the big green patch in the middle of the village!

    4th July in Edlesborough

    The SEA!

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    EDLESBOROUGH FESTIVAL

    Sat.20th June CHILL ON THE HILL 6.30 for 7.30

    Back by popular demand RAF Halton Pipes and Drums

    Alex Miles & Jess Bergman Five star pianist and vocalist Talented classical soprano

    Also A Journey of Jazz Smooth, timeless jazz favourites from Dave Williams and friends

    Dont miss this years spectacular event!

    Ticket Agents:- Janes of Edlesborough, LU6 2HS or Tel: Vicky & Wyn 01525 221744 Tickets 10 (12 on the door if available) Please book early to avoid disappointment

    Sample our variety of local ales, Pimms, wine, beer, soft drinks, nibbles..

    For details of all our events see: www.edlesboroughchurch.org.uk Facebook: Friends of the Church on the Hill, Edlesborough, + Focus and Vine Mags

    Plus

    International

    Artists

    Also A Journey of Jazz Smooth, timeless jazz favourites from Dave Williams and friends

    Festival 201520

    th & 21st June

    SATURDAY 20th JUNEFlowers with Phrena (free) 10am - 12 * Childrens Choirfest - opened by John Bercow (free) 2.30 - 5pmChill on the Hill 10 in advance / 12 on door 7.00 - 10ish **

    SUNDAY 21st

    Art with Megan (20 incl. materials) 11am - 3pm *Jam on the Hill Acoustic musicians/singers (free) 12 - 3pm ***The Bells! The Bells! - with our local bell ringing group 4 - 5pmSongs of Praise with Coralie - enjoy our grand finale! 5pm

    Local ales, wines, Pimms, soft drinks, nibbles, cream teas: music and good times ALL weekend + a view to take your breath away!

    * Book these with Chris:- 01525 220739 / [email protected]** Tickets from Janes Ltd. - or ring Wyn or Vicky 01525 221744*** Want to perform on Sunday?- any age/ [email protected]

    Edlesborough Festival - get involved...

    Flowerfest : We are inviting budding or experienced flower arrangers to join us in a Flower Workshop, tutored by Phrena Wilkinson. This year we are meeting up at the church on the hill on Saturday 20th June at 10am12. This session is free of charge. The aim is to make our church inviting and smell wonderful for the duration of the Festival, when all our visitors can enjoy the beauty of our arrangements for the whole weekend. You are very welcome to take your arrangement home after the Festival. We will provide the mechanics and greenery. All we would ask you to bring are a few flowers from your garden - no need to purchase costly blooms plus secateurs and your enthusiasm! Free refreshments. Artfest Would you like to be included in our art workshop up at the church on the hill this midsummer? Edlesborough artist, Megan Howells, will be welcoming 12 students (newcomers or experienced artists) on Sunday 21st June from 11am-3pm. The fee of 20 will include materials, but you can bring your own if you wish to use another medium to the acrylics provided. We will provide elevenses but please bring a packed lunch, chair and sunhat! Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

    Please contact [email protected] or telephone Chris on 01525 220739 to book the above events. Jam on the Hill Musical Talent needed for Edlesborough Festival!! Can you strum, sing, dance, make music, or even play air guitar? We need you, your friends and your creativity for a fun afternoon. Sunday June 21st (12 3pm) is devoted to local ale and local talent. While we sup all the beer, ales Pimms and tea for sale, with scones and jam of course! - we are giving talented individuals or groups (of any age) the chance to entertain us. We want acoustic unplugged acts who can offer their music, in simply the best venue for miles around! If you can bring your guitar, your voice, your poetry, your musical instrument and all your friends to have a good time - please get in touch. Weve got the ale... now all we need is the music!

    Please email [email protected] if you would like to perform.

    See you there for a great weekend !

    Would you like to be in-cluded in our art workshop up at the church on the hill this midsummer? Edlesbor-ough artist, Megan Howells, will be welcoming 12 students (newcomers or experienced artists) on Sunday 21st June from 11am-3pm.The fee of 20 will include materials, but you can bring your own if you wish to use another medium to the acrylics provided. We will provide elevenses but please bring a packed lunch, chair and sunhat!Book your place early to avoid disappointment.Please contact [email protected] or telephone Chris on 01525 220739 to book the above events.

    We are inviting budding or experienced flower arrangers to join us in a Flower Workshop, tutored by Phrena Wilkinson. This year we are meeting up at the church on the hill on Satur-day 20th June at 10am12. This session is free of charge.The aim is to make our church inviting and smell wonderful for the duration of the Festival, when all our visitors can enjoy the beauty of our arrangements for the whole weekend. You are very welcome to take your arrangement home after the Festival.We will provide the mechanics and greenery. All we would ask you to bring are a few flowers from your garden - no need to purchase costly blooms plus secateurs and your enthusiasm! Free refreshments.

    Edlesborough Festival - get involved...

    Flowerfest : We are inviting budding or experienced flower arrangers to join us in a Flower Workshop, tutored by Phrena Wilkinson. This year we are meeting up at the church on the hill on Saturday 20th June at 10am12. This session is free of charge. The aim is to make our church inviting and smell wonderful for the duration of the Festival, when all our visitors can enjoy the beauty of our arrangements for the whole weekend. You are very welcome to take your arrangement home after the Festival. We will provide the mechanics and greenery. All we would ask you to bring are a few flowers from your garden - no need to purchase costly blooms plus secateurs and your enthusiasm! Free refreshments. Artfest Would you like to be included in our art workshop up at the church on the hill this midsummer? Edlesborough artist, Megan Howells, will be welcoming 12 students (newcomers or experienced artists) on Sunday 21st June from 11am-3pm. The fee of 20 will include materials, but you can bring your own if you wish to use another medium to the acrylics provided. We will provide elevenses but please bring a packed lunch, chair and sunhat! Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

    Please contact [email protected] or telephone Chris on 01525 220739 to book the above events. Jam on the Hill Musical Talent needed for Edlesborough Festival!! Can you strum, sing, dance, make music, or even play air guitar? We need you, your friends and your creativity for a fun afternoon. Sunday June 21st (12 3pm) is devoted to local ale and local talent. While we sup all the beer, ales Pimms and tea for sale, with scones and jam of course! - we are giving talented individuals or groups (of any age) the chance to entertain us. We want acoustic unplugged acts who can offer their music, in simply the best venue for miles around! If you can bring your guitar, your voice, your poetry, your musical instrument and all your friends to have a good time - please get in touch. Weve got the ale... now all we need is the music!

    Please email [email protected] if you would like to perform.

    See you there for a great weekend !

    Can you strum, sing, dance, make music, or even play air guitar?We need you, your friends and your creativity for a fun afternoon.Sunday June 21st (12 3pm) is devoted to local ale and local talent.While we sup all the beer, ales Pimms and tea for sale, with scones and jam of course! -

    we are giving talented individuals or groups (of any age) the chance to entertain us.We want acoustic unplugged acts who can offer their music, in simply the best venue for miles around!If you can bring your guitar, your voice, your poetry, your musical instrument and all your friends to have a good time - please get in touch. Weve got the ale... now all we need is the music!Please email [email protected] if you would like to perform.

    Edlesborough Festival - get involved...

    Flowerfest : We are inviting budding or experienced flower arrangers to join us in a Flower Workshop, tutored by Phrena Wilkinson. This year we are meeting up at the church on the hill on Saturday 20th June at 10am12. This session is free of charge. The aim is to make our church inviting and smell wonderful for the duration of the Festival, when all our visitors can enjoy the beauty of our arrangements for the whole weekend. You are very welcome to take your arrangement home after the Festival. We will provide the mechanics and greenery. All we would ask you to bring are a few flowers from your garden - no need to purchase costly blooms plus secateurs and your enthusiasm! Free refreshments. Artfest Would you like to be included in our art workshop up at the church on the hill this midsummer? Edlesborough artist, Megan Howells, will be welcoming 12 students (newcomers or experienced artists) on Sunday 21st June from 11am-3pm. The fee of 20 will include materials, but you can bring your own if you wish to use another medium to the acrylics provided. We will provide elevenses but please bring a packed lunch, chair and sunhat! Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

    Please contact [email protected] or telephone Chris on 01525 220739 to book the above events. Jam on the Hill Musical Talent needed for Edlesborough Festival!! Can you strum, sing, dance, make music, or even play air guitar? We need you, your friends and your creativity for a fun afternoon. Sunday June 21st (12 3pm) is devoted to local ale and local talent. While we sup all the beer, ales Pimms and tea for sale, with scones and jam of course! - we are giving talented individuals or groups (of any age) the chance to entertain us. We want acoustic unplugged acts who can offer their music, in simply the best venue for miles around! If you can bring your guitar, your voice, your poetry, your musical instrument and all your friends to have a good time - please get in touch. Weve got the ale... now all we need is the music!

    Please email [email protected] if you would like to perform.

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    The Town At The Crossroads - Part XVIIIDunstable

    By Paul Heley

    In the aftermath of the profligacy, the delusion of personal divinity, heavy taxes and disas-trous wars against France, Spain and Scotland, etc, etc, etc, as experienced by ordinary folk during the reign of James 1st (1603 - 1625) and his son, Charles 1st, it was clear that the country was on the brink of civil war. This unhappy state came to a head during the reign of Charles when there was so much resentment against the king due, amongst many other things, to his refusal to recognise Parliament and to his imposition of a quasi-Catholic religion against the peoples wishes. Something had to give.As outlined in last months article, Dunstable was a potential hotbed of revolt with Bedford-shire, in general, siding with Parliament rather than with the king.The two opposing camps were drawn up ac-cording to very different interests:- there is a gen-eral rule which suggests that Catholics opted for the Royalist banner purely on religious grounds and also that the further up the aristocracy and nobility ladder one was placed, the more likely one would choose for the king. On the other hand, Parliament was largely made up by those who had risen through the ranks; often those of relatively humble birth who had made good in business or some other enterprise. Consequently, Parliament was more of the people and, like the people, favoured a more reformist style of religion.As part of the ongoing feud between Parliament and the crown, in January 1642 the king sent a detachment of soldiers to the House of Com-mons in order to arrest five particularly trouble-some MPs - one of whom was an East Anglian farmer and landowner named Oliver Cromwell. But the rebels had received prior warning and escaped just in time.As with any revolutionary idea sweeping the country - in this case reformist religion - there were various groups each seeking a different level of change. Some were fairly mild in their objectives but others (such as Bedfords John Bunyan and his Puritan friends) wanted to over-throw everything, shoot the Pope, and start again from scratch (but with an extreme Protestant base).

    There were two Royalist families in Dunstable:- the Marsh family who lived at Kingsbury (and who sensibly kept their heads below the parapet) and the Grigg family who lived at Priory House, owned a few inns which enjoyed royal patron-age, and who were forever shouting their mouths off. Somehow, they survived - but it must have been close at times!Non-aristocratic landowners favoured the re-formist movement mainly because their workers favoured the reformist movement; and happy workers = better workers! In contrast, Charles 1st regarded any hint of reformism as tantamount to treason against his divine personage.Apart from the extremist hotheads on either side, nobody really wanted out and out war as such and there were many attempts to reconcile King and Parliament. Various pacts, agreements and concessions were set up but, unfortunately, the king reneged on those which didnt suit his purpose. He felt that since he was divine, he didnt need to compromise his position in any way. Megalomania and madness frequently go hand in hand.Eventually, it was Charles himself who set the ball rolling by raising his standard at Nottingham on 29th August, 1642 after which statement the two sides retreated into their lairs, sorted them-selves out and prepared for the inevitable.

    Dunstable - unfortunately - found itself po-sitioned geographically between the Royal-ist HQ at Oxford and Parliaments HQ at Newport Pagnell. Having declared for Parlia-ment, Dunstable was now required to supply

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    Charles I holding a council of war at Edgecote, about ten miles east of Edgehill on the day before the battle. In this painting, Charles I stands in front of the tree

    Eventually, it was Charles himself who set the ball rolling by raising his standard at Nottingham on 29th August, 1642 after which statement the two sides retreated into their lairs, sorted themselves out and prepared for the inevitable.Dunstable - unfortunately - found itself positioned geographically between the Royalist HQ at Oxford and Parliaments HQ at Newport Pagnell. Hav-ing declared for Parliament, Dunstable was now required to supply money, food, carts, horses and men to Newport Pagnell. But this wasnt easy since marauding Royalist troops demanded much the same (and without paying for it). It is also recorded that any male over the age of 16 could be either conscripted or press-ganged into whichever army happened to be around at the time. This was definitely not a good time to be a young man living in Dunstable!The first battle of the war was at Edgehill, Gloucestershire, on 23rd October, 1642, and resulted in absolute carnage - the horror of which shook everyone to the core. Typically, however, both sides claimed victory (as with a satisfactory outcome in a Trades Union dispute).A tragedy for Dunstable oc-curred on the 25th July 1643 when a detachment of Par-liamentary troops under the command of the Earl of Essex rampaged through the area. It is recorded :- They most cru-elly plundered Bedfordshire in divers places and that day came to Dunstable where there was a fair and made great spoil there. It is likely that this rabble - high with adrenalin and out of control - demolished the Eleanor Cross which had stood on our crossroads for approximately 350 years simply because Puritans hated anything elaborate, decorative or remotely papist. And we were sup-posed to be on their side!In the following year there was further mayhem; but this time at the hands of Royalist forces. The annals tell us that in June 1644 ---- on the Sunday last the king passed through Hockley in the Hole (ie Hockliffe) towards Bedford and in the way plun-dered Leighton (Buzzard) and sent another party to Dunstable where they entered the town when the people were at church. Not contenting them-

    selves with plunder they made a great disturbance, cutting and slashing at the people in the church and shot a case of pistols at the minister in the pulpit; but missed him and afterwards abused him most inhumanely.The legacy of this outrage can be seen in the side porch of the Priory Church where the old door shows the original bullet holes as the troops blasted their way in (nb these are not giant woodworm

    holes!)In the following August, some more Royal-

    ist troops tried to commandeer horses from the owner of the Red Lion inn.

    But having only a few horses left he would have been ruined, so refused them entry into his yard; where-upon they shot him dead. It seems that both sides were as bad as each other.More battles followed (eg Marston Moor, 1643; Copredy Bridge and Lostwithiel, 1644; Hereford, 1645) with Naseby on 14th June 1645 being the final battle of the First Civil War. Again, victory went to Parliament and Charles returned to Oxford via a circuitous route

    during which he stayed at the Red Lion on 27th June 1645. Perhaps

    the new landlord was of a particularly forgiving nature - or very nervous!

    Eventually Charles realised that the game was up and surrendered to the Scots on 5th

    May 1646. Thinking they might treat him more sympathetically than the Parliamentary forces, he forgot that hed already reneged on earlier promises made to them; so they handed him over. Serves him right. Shouldnt tell fibs!Imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, he was finally brought to trial in London as the year 1648 ended, found guilty, and executed on 30th January, 1649.

    (Continued on page 32)

    Charles I holding a council of war at Edgecote, about ten miles east of Edgehill on the day before the battle.

    In this painting, Charles I stands in front of the tree.

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    DunstableBy Paul Heley

    money, food, carts, horses and men to Newport Pagnell. But this wasnt easy since marauding Royalist troops demanded much the same (and without paying for it). It is also recorded that any male over the age of 16 could be either conscripted or press-ganged into whichever army happened to be around at the time. This was definitely not a good time to be a young man living in Dunstable!The first battle of the war was at Edgehill, Gloucestershire, on 23rd October, 1642, and resulted in absolute carnage - the horror of which shook everyone to the core. Typically, however, both sides claimed victory (as with a satisfactory outcome in a Trades Union dispute).A tragedy for Dunstable occurred on the 25th July 1643 when a de-tachment of Parliamentary troops under the command of the Earl of Essex rampaged through the area. It is recorded - They most cruelly plundered Bedfordshire in divers places and that day came to Dunstable where there was a fair and made great spoil there. It is likely that this rabble - high with adrenalin and out of control - de-molished the Eleanor Cross which had stood on our crossroads for approximately 350 years simply because Puritans hated anything elaborate, decorative or remotely papist. And we were supposed to be on their side!In the following year there was further mayhem; but this time at the hands of Royalist forces. The annals tell us that in June 1644 on the Sunday last the king passed through Hockley in the Hole (i.e. Hockliffe) towards Bedford and in the way plundered Leighton (Buzzard) and sent another party to Dunstable where they entered the town when the people were at church. Not contenting themselves with plunder they made a great disturbance, cutting and slashing at the people in the church and shot a case of pistols at the minister in the pulpit; but missed him

    and afterwards abused him most inhumanely.The legacy of this outrage can be seen in the side porch of the Priory Church where the old door shows the original bullet holes as the troops blasted their way in (nb these are not giant woodworm holes!)In the following August, some more Royalist troops tried to commandeer horses from the

    owner of the Red Lion inn. But having only a few horses left he would have been ruined, so refused them entry into his yard; whereupon they shot him dead. It seems that both sides were as bad as each other.More battles followed (eg Marston Moor, 1643; Copredy Bridge and Lostwithiel, 1644; Hereford, 1645) with Naseby on 14th June 1645 being the final battle of the First Civil War. Again, victory went to Parliament and Charles returned to Oxford via a circui-tous route during which he stayed at the Red Lion on 27th June 1645. Perhaps the new landlord was of a particularly forgiving nature - or very nervous!Eventually Charles realised that the game was up and surrendered

    to the Scots on 5th May 1646. Thinking they might treat him more sympathetically than the Parliamentary forces, he forgot that hed already reneged on earlier promises made to them; so they handed him over. Serves him right. Shouldnt tell fibs!Imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, he was finally brought to trial in London as the year 1648 ended, found guilty, and executed on 30th January, 1649.

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    Charles I holding a council of war at Edgecote, about ten miles east of Edgehill on the day before the battle. In this painting, Charles I stands in front of the tree

    Eventually, it was Charles himself who set the ball rolling by raising his standard at Nottingham on 29th August, 1642 after which statement the two sides retreated into their lairs, sorted themselves out and prepared for the inevitable.Dunstable - unfortunately - found itself positioned geographically between the Royalist HQ at Oxford and Parliaments HQ at Newport Pagnell. Hav-ing declared for Parliament, Dunstable was now required to supply money, food, carts, horses and men to Newport Pagnell. But this wasnt easy since marauding Royalist troops demanded much the same (and without paying for it). It is also recorded that any male over the age of 16 could be either conscripted or press-ganged into whichever army happened to be around at the time. This was definitely not a good time to be a young man living in Dunstable!The first battle of the war was at Edgehill, Gloucestershire, on 23rd October, 1642, and resulted in absolute carnage - the horror of which shook everyone to the core. Typically, however, both sides claimed victory (as with a satisfactory outcome in a Trades Union dispute).A tragedy for Dunstable oc-curred on the 25th July 1643 when a detachment of Par-liamentary troops under the command of the Earl of Essex rampaged through the area. It is recorded :- They most cru-elly plundered Bedfordshire in divers places and that day came to Dunstable where there was a fair and made great spoil there. It is likely that this rabble - high with adrenalin and out of control - demolished the Eleanor Cross which had stood on our crossroads for approximately 350 years simply because Puritans hated anything elaborate, decorative or remotely papist. And we were sup-posed to be on their side!In the following year there was further mayhem; but this time at the hands of Royalist forces. The annals tell us that in June 1644 ---- on the Sunday last the king passed through Hockley in the Hole (ie Hockliffe) towards Bedford and in the way plun-dered Leighton (Buzzard) and sent another party to Dunstable where they entered the town when the people were at church. Not contenting them-

    selves with plunder they made a great disturbance, cutting and slashing at the people in the church and shot a case of pistols at the minister in the pulpit; but missed him and afterwards abused him most inhumanely.The legacy of this outrage can be seen in the side porch of the Priory Church where the old door shows the original bullet holes as the troops blasted their way in (nb these are not giant woodworm

    holes!)In the following August, some more Royal-

    ist troops tried to commandeer horses from the owner of the Red Lion inn.

    But having only a few horses left he would have been ruined, so refused them entry into his yard; where-upon they shot him dead. It seems that both sides were as bad as each other.More battles followed (eg Marston Moor, 1643; Copredy Bridge and Lostwithiel, 1644; Hereford, 1645) with Naseby on 14th June 1645 being the final battle of the First Civil War. Again, victory went to Parliament and Charles returned to Oxford via a circuitous route

    during which he stayed at the Red Lion on 27th June 1645. Perhaps

    the new landlord was of a particularly forgiving nature - or very nervous!

    Eventually Charles realised that the game was up and surrendered to the Scots on 5th

    May 1646. Thinking they might treat him more sympathetically than the Parliamentary forces, he forgot that hed already reneged on earlier promises made to them; so they handed him over. Serves him right. Shouldnt tell fibs!Imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, he was finally brought to trial in London as the year 1648 ended, found guilty, and executed on 30th January, 1649.

    (Continued on page 32)

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    A companys job is to make money, nowt wrong with that, but our job is to keep it. Some firms use a host of tricks to keep us in

    the dark, yet if you can uncover their secrets you can win.

    Shhh! They dont want you to know

    Their techniques are wide and varied. One example is price differentiation, where they aim to charge each customer as much as theyll pay - often done using white labels, where the same thing is sold under different names. So here are 7 tricks to turn the tables

    British Gas customer? It also operates under the name Sainsburys Energy but there its 200/year cheaper. British Gas runs Sainsburys Energy for the supermarket, yet there you pay it far less. Based on a years typical dual fuel usage...

    - On British Gas standard tariff you pay an average 1,154.- On British Gas Price Promise March 2016, its cheapest deal, you pay average 1,100. - On Sainsbury Fixed Price March 2016, you pay average 950.

    Sainsburys Energy does have separate call centres, but its still operated by British Gas and while like many energy firms it gets its fair share of complaints, in my most recent poll 43% rated its service great, British Gas 37%.

    So if for some reason youre brand loyal and want to stick with British Gas, huge savings are still possible. However, as always price varies by region and usage, so do a comparison to see how it stacks up for you via my www.CheapEnergyClub.com (where you also get switching cashback) or any www.ofgem.gov.uk approved comparison site.

    Zara sells its clothes at a fraction of the price. If youre one of millions planning a trip to Spain this summer, you may want to stop shopping

    at Zara here right now. Spain is Zaras home country and it sells its clothes at vastly lower prices there. Better still, the www.zara.com Spain website has an English language option, you can compare prices before you go (you cant order UK delivery from it).

    Clothes there are often cheaper in euros than in pounds, even before the currency conversion. In fact on a basket of goods it was on average 38% cheaper. Some of you may think ah yes Ive seen the euro price on some labels in the UK, but thats usually the French price, which is generally more expensive. This trick works for others in the same group, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Uterque.

    If a loans advertised at 3.9% rep APR, theyre allowed to charge 20%. Every loan these days is listed as a representative or rep APR - that means by law only 51% of accepted applicants need to get the advertised rate. The rest can be and usually are charged more, and theres no cap on how much more. Worse, the only way to know is to apply, and that leaves a footprint on your credit file. So be very careful.

    One way to mitigate this somewhat is to use the calculator at www.mse.me/eligibility which tells you your odds of being accepted without marking your credit file. The higher your ac-ceptance odds the more likely you are to get the advertised rate, although its not guaran-teed.

    Amazon shopper? Youre entitled to music going back 16 years. If youve bought CDs or vinyl, youre entitled to the downloads for nowt going as far back as 1999. To be fair Amazon

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    Tackle your bills

    Winter is coming. Dont wait until youre knee-deep in the white stuff to sort your bills. Here, prevention truly beats cure tackling your bills now means you can take the financial bite out of winter chills

    Free loft insulation and even boilers (for some). While the loft insulation free-for-all's ended, some will still be entitled to some serious free energy-saving measures. Most of the big six energy firms offer free boilers, typically worth 2,000, and free insulation, usually worth about 300. Crucially, you don't need to be with the energy provider to get it, but you do generally need an income under 16,000, and to be on income-related benefits or pension credit. I cant definitely say youll qualify, but it is worth checking. Alternatively, the well-meaning but stuttering Green Deal initiative is designed to let you pay for things like underfloor heating, double glazing and solid wall insulation, from the 'savings' you make on energy bills. Deciding whether its right for you is complex, so for full help read www.moneysavingexpert.com/greendeal

    Save 100s and beat the hikes. Rather surprisingly, fixing energy, where you lock in a set rate, is now cheaper than a normal switch. Five of the big six energy providers have now announced hikes, and their best new prices are costlier than the cheapest fixed tariffs. So right now you can get the very cheapest deals available, and it comes with no-hike certainty. The only exception to this is a variable (ie, subject to hikes) tariff from minnow Spark Energy though it hasn't hiked (yet?), needs paying upfront, and feedback ain't great, so Im ignoring it.

    The cheapest fix comes from E.on for a year, but slightly longer and only a touch more are deals from EDF or Npower. Crucially, these two have no exit penalties. So on the off-chance the Prime Minister delivers the price cuts hes promised, and the even more unlikely event that theyll be so substantial that other tariffs elsewhere are cheaper, you'll be free to leave.

    However, always do the numbers for your own circumstances. To check if you can save (you may be on an older, cheaper deal), and who your winner is, you can use my Cheap Energy Club top fixes comparison at www.cheapenergyclub.com, or do a standard

    comparison on any Ofgem-approved comparison site just search for The Confidence Code at www.ofgem.gov.uk to see the full list. If you're not online, use a comparison with a phone service, such as Energyhelpline on 0800 074 0745, or uSwitch on 0800 051 5493.

    Paying energy bills by monthly direct debits up to 6% cheaper. If you can, do, as itll usually mean discounted bills of up to 6% less, so contact your provider to check. Though always do regular meter readings for accuracy, as your bill is estimated. If its too high, you have a right to ask for it to be lowered.

    Got electricity only? You can still save. With electricity only, you can still get a cheap fix to save - just follow the info above. For those on Economy 7, assessing is trickier. Its only really a boon for those who use at least 40% of their energy at night. If not dont bother. Full help to decide at www.mse.me/eco7

    Can you find your stopcock? No sniggering - winter frozen pipe bursts can create an average 7,000 of damage, often worsened as many scrabble round searching for their stopcock - the mains water off switch - for ages as their home floods.

    Take the time to find it now mine is under the kitchen sink. Others find theirs in the bathroom or inside a cupboard. If yours isnt working, you may want to call a plumber now, before its a problem.

    Choosing between heating and eating? If you're seriously behind, or in general financial hardship - as far too many are after the hikes - you may be eligible for special help. Call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99 to check. Plus if anyone in your home was born on or before 5 January 1952, you're due up to 300 in tax-free winter fuel payments. Payments should be made automatically, but if youve never had it before then you may need to register - see www.gov.uk.

    Plus anyone on specific income support, jobseekers' allowances or pension credit gets 25 in cold weather payments for every 7 days it's sub-0 C.

    @MoneySavingExpert

    A companys job is to make money, nowt wrong with that, but our job is to keep it. Some firms use a host of tricks to keep us in

    the dark, yet if you can uncover their secrets you can win.

    Shhh! They dont want you to know

    Their techniques are wide and varied. One example is price differentiation, where they aim to charge each customer as much as theyll pay - often done using white labels, where the same thing is sold under different names. So here are 7 tricks to turn the tables

    British Gas customer? It also operates under the name Sainsburys Energy but there its 200/year cheaper. British Gas runs Sainsburys Energy for the supermarket, yet there you pay it far less. Based on a years typical dual fuel usage...

    - On British Gas standard tariff you pay an average 1,154.- On British Gas Price Promise March 2016, its cheapest deal, you pay average 1,100. - On Sainsbury Fixed Price March 2016, you pay average 950.

    Sainsburys Energy does have separate call centres, but its still operated by British Gas and while like many energy firms it gets its fair share of complaints, in my most recent poll 43% rated its service great, British Gas 37%.

    So if for some reason youre brand loyal and want to stick with British Gas, huge savings are still possible. However, as always price varies by region and usage, so do a comparison to see how it stacks up for you via my www.CheapEnergyClub.com (where you also get switching cashback) or any www.ofgem.gov.uk approved comparison site.

    Zara sells its clothes at a fraction of the price. If youre one of millions planning a trip to Spain this summer, you may want to stop shopping

    at Zara here right now. Spain is Zaras home country and it sells its clothes at vastly lower prices there. Better still, the www.zara.com Spain website has an English language option, you can compare prices before you go (you cant order UK delivery from it).

    Clothes there are often cheaper in euros than in pounds, even before the currency conversion. In fact on a basket of goods it was on average 38% cheaper. Some of you may think ah yes Ive seen the euro price on some labels in the UK, but thats usually the French price, which is generally more expensive. This trick works for others in the same group, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Uterque.

    If a loans advertised at 3.9% rep APR, theyre allowed to charge 20%. Every loan these days is listed as a representative or rep APR - that means by law only 51% of accepted applicants need to get the advertised rate. The rest can be and usually are charged more, and theres no cap on how much more. Worse, the only way to know is to apply, and that leaves a footprint on your credit file. So be very careful.

    One way to mitigate this somewhat is to use the calculator at www.mse.me/eligibility which tells you your odds of being accepted without marking your credit file. The higher your ac-ceptance odds the more likely you are to get the advertised rate, although its not guaran-teed.

    Amazon shopper? Youre entitled to music going back 16 years. If youve bought CDs or vinyl, youre entitled to the downloads for nowt going as far back as 1999. To be fair Amazon

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    doesnt hide that you can do this, but its a good trick.

    Just login to your www.amazon.co.uk music library to see if youve any past tracks available. As JHL1959 told me: Crikey, its given me 182 albums, thats 2,367 tracks. Amazingly, I still like a lot of them - cheered me up.

    Its not always such a success though, GingerJuice said: Just did this - thought it was brilliant then realised Id bought the mother-in-law the Susan Boyle CD last year... ugh. Only get good mobile signal with one network? Switch to a piggyback. Many people tell me I wish I could switch network but only Vodafone/EE works in my home. Yet theres a way to switch provider but keep the same signal...

    Only EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 are actual mobile networks, yet there are many cheap virtual networks piggyback-ing on the same signal. E.g. Giffgaff is O2, Asda is EE, TalkMobile is Vodafone and Shebang is Three (full piggyback list at www.mse.me/piggyback). So check which other providers piggyback on your existing network and see if theyre cheaper.

    Energy firms cant charge exit penal-ties within 49 days of a fix ending. If youre on a cheap fixed energy deal you neednt wait until the last day to switch to avoid exit fees as rules state that 49 days before your fix ends, youre al-lowed to switch without penalty.

    Play the codeshare trick - where two airlines sell the same flight. Airlines dont shout that their partners often sell their flights too, sometimes for less. If youre going on popular long-haul routes this can be a way to save.

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    By Jonathan Vernon-Smith

    You can listen to The JVS Show every weekday morning from 9am on BBC Three Counties Radio

    Consumer Clinic

    Knowing Your Consumer Rights I am becoming increasingly fed up with dealing with retailers right across

    Beds, Bucks and beyond who either dont familiarise themselves with consumer law, or who deliberately attempt to pull the wool over their

    customers eyes. That makes it so important that we all understand the law as consumers. That way, when a retailer talks rubbish,

    we spot it straight away.

    I thought this month I would take the opportunity to ex-plain Statutory Rights. You may have seen on a receipt or contract This does not affect your statutory rights. This means that anything the retailer has offered you (in terms of returns policy etc) does not change the things youre entitled to by law. When you purchase any brand new goods or services in the UK you are protected by your statutory rights (sale of goods act 1979).

    All Goods Must Be: a) Fit for purpose

    b) Of reasonable quality (based on the cost)

    c) Last for a reasonable amount of time (based on the cost)

    Therefore, if you buy (for example) a fridge for 300, it should last for a reasonable

    amount of time. I would suggest a minimum of 5 years worth of reasonable use before it blows up. If it develops a manufacturing fault at any time during that period, the retailer IS LIABLE! Any attempt to fob you off, should be met with a firm, but polite explanation of your consumer rights. Bear in mind, the retailer is at liberty to take into ac-count usage youve had from a product before it breaks though. For example, if your 4 year old fridge blows up, the retailer could offer to replace it, but will ask for a contribution from you for the 4 years use you had from the previous model. For the first 6 months after purchase, its up to the retailer to prove that the fault with the item is NOT their responsibility. After the first 6 months its your responsibility. Therefore, my advice when dealing with an obstructive retailer, is to

    obtain an independent report to confirm that the product has a manufacturing fault, then ask the retailer to not only fix the problem, but also reimburse you for the cost of the report. It is also worth noting that when you first purchase an item, during the first 4 weeks you are entitled to return faulty goods and get a full refund. After this period of time, generally you will have to permit the retailer an op-portunity to repair the item if they so wish. So, remember next time the manager of a shop says oh sorry, theres nothing we can do Im afraid. Tell them you understand your statutory rights and if they still fail to help, then call my team on 01582 637450 and Ill have a little word for you!

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    As a designer we are often required to work on properties around the home counties that have significant traditional or period features. For the homeowner they often assume that because they want to keep elements of those features they must blend the interior to feature a recreation style of when the property is dated from, this can then mean you can end up with overfussy, crowded, dark and heavily patterned furnishings. Using the work Contemporary and Traditional within the same sentence can often strike panic onto the faces of the clients as they cannot see how this would work together.

    The trick is to not try to go to far one way or the other. Pick some subtle traditional features and highlight these, for example details like coving/cornice, decorative door handles, original flooring. These all work surprisingly well with very mini-malist contemporary furniture. The clean lines of modern design highlight intricate details, show up grains for original wood and sit uncluttered next to very grand and exuberant items.

    I was asked to work on a Mock Tudor style property, which is only actually around 20 years old, but build in a fashion that leaves lower ceiling heights, lots of dark timbers and difficult room proportions. The clients wanted a modern comfy lounge/snug but have a inglenook style fireplace which dominated the room. They couldnt see how they could get that clean edge design they had in previous homes. We added a deco inspired coving as a traditional coving would have been too deep for the ceiling, balanced the room by blocking up one of the two entrances, and inlaid a simple pat-terned carpet into a rustic wood floor. Picking out a pop of colour and blending the TV into a media wall in dark textures similar to the fireplace meant that the TV didnt dominate as a focal point, and the fireplace still remained a feature, but with other darker aspects to the room it no longer dominated the room. When it comes to property like this get-ting the blend right is simply down the planning, plan out what you would like to do and see if it works. Try some mood boards, thereare a few great apps like Morpholio Board, Olioboard and Home-Style that you can download to help.

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    Watering... without the guiltWho remembers their dad hosing the garden on warm summer evenings? We always seemed to have a lush lawn when I was a child, apart from the summer of 1976 when hosepipes were banned and we all used stand-pipes for weeks.But nowadays hosepipes are the horticultural equivalent of a bad taste joke: out of style and somewhat frowned upon.

    But gardens need water to survive

    so what can we do?

    Well the truth is, we have more than enough water in the UK to sustain an average garden, but it tends to fall in the winter when all the plants are dormant.A water butt is a simple, economical solution for most urban gardens. Butts will catch the rainwater from your gutter and store it until its required. They typically hold between 100 and 300 litres depending on size.You can now buy huge rainwater tanks which hold up 1000 litres and are great if you have the space. There are also underground storage tanks which hold over 2500 litres!With special attachments, stored rainwater can be fed into hoses and sprinklers, so you can use them guilt-free.

    However, if you want to make the most of your saved water then irrigation systems are the best choice. They typically reduce the amount of water you use by 70-90%, which is a huge saving. Here are a few tips for get-ting the best from an irrigation system.

    Ground preparation is really important. Dig in lots of home-produced compost, well rotted horse manure, or spent mushroom compost. This organic matter will help the soil retain any moisture it receives.

    Make sure the irrigation lines run under the tips of the branches rather than at the base of the plant. This will water the roots more efficiently.

    Make sure you mulch. Mulch can be a mem-brane, gravel, bark chips or cocoa shells. The aim is to keep moisture in the soil. I favour organic mulches because they gradually rot down and can be dug in to improve the soil texture further.

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